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Trial Date Delayed In Law Grad Slaying Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- A trial date for the suspect in the slaying of Mercer University law school graduate Lauren Giddings has been delayed until January.

The Telegraph newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/KYnzY) that Stephen McDaniel was previously scheduled to go on trial in September, but now faces a Jan. 6 trial date.

Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cooke said the delay is necessary to ensure that the court has an adequate time to consider motions in the case.

The 27-year-old suspect is charged with murder in the June 2011 slaying and dismemberment of 27-year-old Giddings, who was from Laurel, Md. Her torso was found in a trash bin near her apartment and police have said the rest of her remains have not been found.

McDaniel has pleaded not guilty.

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Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com


MACON, Ga. (AP) -- A defense attorney for a man accused of killing and dismembering a Mercer University law school classmate in 2011 wants a judge to ban spectators from wearing the color pink during the trial.

The Telegraph of Macon reports slain Mercer graduate Lauren Giddings was known for wearing pink and her family and friends have been wearing the color at pretrial hearings in the case.

An attorney for Stephen McDaniel, the neighbor and classmate charged with killing Giddings, filed a court motion Friday that says allowing a "sea of pink" in the courtroom during McDaniel's trial could unfairly influence the jury.

Attorney Franklin J. Hogue recently persuaded a judge in Houston County to bar a slain woman's supporters from wearing green.

Giddings' sister, Kaitlyn Wheeler, called Hogue's defense motion "ridiculous."


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